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Applying for Disability Benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Applying for Disability Benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia | Dementia | Scoop.it
Applying for Disability Benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia It's difficult to watch a loved one suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia. They may soon be unable to work and may struggle t...

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This can be a cumbersome and confusing time in caregiving but often necessary to meet all of the person's medical needs.

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How One Smart Texan Woman Did It - Alz Live

How One Smart Texan Woman Did It - Alz Live | Dementia | Scoop.it
Della Pruitt’s family, based in Lewisville, Tex., had a long history of Alzheimer’s Disease. Her mother, four aunts and one uncle (out of a family of 12) developed the disease. So when Pruitt’s older sister, Nola, began to have memory problems in her early 50s, her husband, Harold, was worried. He begged Pruitt to sign …
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Applying for Disability Benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Applying for Disability Benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia | Dementia | Scoop.it
Applying for Disability Benefits for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia It's difficult to watch a loved one suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia. They may soon be unable to work and may struggle t...

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, April 19, 3:04 PM

This can be a cumbersome and confusing time in caregiving but often necessary to meet all of the person's medical needs.

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Discovering the Roots of Memory

Discovering the Roots of Memory | Dementia | Scoop.it
An interview with Brenda Milner, who studied one of the most famous patients in the history of psychology. Her findings shaped everything we now know about the way we remember.

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Out-of-body (virtual reality) induced hippocampal amnesia erases memories

Transformation of experiences into long-term memory is a remarkable capability. However, some experiences are so extreme that they are not translated into coherent or lasting memories. Clinical reports suggest that one potential mechanism for memory disturbance could be “dissociative experiences,” in which events are experienced in a distance from the body (out-of-body). Here, we experimentally induced an illusory out-of-body experience on healthy participants while they were experiencing life events. Remarkably, participants had an episodic impairment for events encoded out-of-body. Out-of-body encoding specifically impacted the activation of the left posterior hippocampus during retrieval. These findings establish that hippocampus-based episodic memory depends on the perception of the world from within one's own body, and that a dissociative experience during encoding blocks the memory-forming mechanism.


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Fascinating. What are the implications for dementia research?

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Krishan Maggon 's curator insight, March 11, 2:53 AM

Virtual reality experiments can erase memory?

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Video: Seth Rogen testifies at Alzheimer's hearing

Video: Seth Rogen testifies at Alzheimer's hearing | Dementia | Scoop.it
Comedian Seth Rogen testifies at a Senate hearing on Alzheimer's disease. He recounts his mother-in-law's tough battle with the disease and cracks a few jokes along the way.

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Treating Alzheimer’s disease with monoclonal antibodies: current status and outlook for the future

Treating Alzheimer’s disease with monoclonal antibodies: current status and outlook for the future | Dementia | Scoop.it
In the past decade, Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery has been directed at ‘disease modifying drugs’ that are able to counteract the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by intervening in specific parts of its neuropathological process. Passive immunization with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) may be able to clear toxic amyloid-β species either directly or through microglia or complement activation, thereby halting the amyloid cascade and preventing neurodegeneration and cognitive and functional decline. Thus far, results from two large phase 3 trial programs with bapineuzumab and solaneuzumab, respectively, have brought rather disappointing results. Possible explanations could be that these compounds were either targeting the wrong amyloid-β species, or were given too late in the disease process. Several new mAbs targeting various amyloid-β epitopes are now being tested in ongoing phase 2 and 3 clinical trials. The present review discusses the various mAbs aimed at amyloid-β, summarizes trial results and provides an outlook for the future.

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Both parents have Alzheimer”s? Disease may appear early in their grown children | Health Newsline

Both parents have Alzheimer”s? Disease may appear early in their grown children | Health Newsline | Dementia | Scoop.it

If you are a middle-aged adult and fortunate to have family, but unfortunate enough to have both parents diagnosed with Alzheimer”s disease, then chances are broad that you develop Alzheimer”s-related brain changes in middle age, a new study finds.


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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, February 18, 7:19 AM

I'm not so sure about these predictions. It never seems to progress through the family just like researches say. My Mom had a large family with 8 children, yet only her mother a brother and Mom had Alzheimer's. 


Who knows? Stay aware...I say. And if you notice symptoms early, see a doctor and begin meds. But I  won't let the thought of having Alzheimer's rule my life now. http://bit.ly/bIT45g

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GPS tracker can keep dementia sufferers safe

GPS tracker can keep dementia sufferers safe | Dementia | Scoop.it
Lives of people with dementia could be saved thanks to an ingenious idea by a man living with the disease in the Westcountry.

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Jane Moore's curator insight, February 12, 2:42 PM

Great!

Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, February 12, 4:17 PM

I think all of us are distressed by these photos of missing people with dementia. Anything to help or prevent this from happening has to be a plus. 

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Brain-training can help older adults stave off aging impairments, study finds - The Boston Globe

Brain-training can help older adults stave off aging impairments, study finds - The Boston Globe | Dementia | Scoop.it
In a first-of-its kind study, researchers report Monday that older adults who engaged in brain training drills retained measurable benefits up to 10 years later, suggesting such interventions may help stave off impairments of aging that rob seniors...

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, January 16, 2:23 PM

This confirms our ideas at CogFit-Quest- brain training is effective!

Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, January 16, 11:25 PM

Alzheimer's Support is learning and sharing knowledge and support for those with Alzheimer's dementia and their loved ones.

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Sodalis Elder Living's curator insight, January 17, 3:22 PM

As with most things... "Use it or lose it!"

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Happy People Are Healthier, Too

Happy People Are Healthier, Too | Dementia | Scoop.it
People who enjoy life maintain better physical function in their daily activities and keep up faster walking speeds as they age, compared with people who enjoy life less, according to a new study.

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, January 24, 4:05 AM

“The study shows that older people who are happier and enjoy life more show slower declines in physical function as they age,” said lead author Steptoe. “They are less likely to develop impairments in daily activities such as dressing or getting in or out of bed, and their walking speed declines at a slower rate than those who enjoy life less.”

Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, January 24, 9:01 AM

It's not the first time I've heard this message. And I believe it. If you scan newspapers for all those elders with birthdays in the 90-100, you seldom see any grouchy old men and women. :)

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IDIBELL - IDIBELL researchers discover an epigenetic lesion in the hippocampus of Alzheimer's patients

IDIBELL - IDIBELL researchers discover an epigenetic lesion in the hippocampus of Alzheimer's patients | Dementia | Scoop.it
IDIBELL researchers discover an epigenetic lesion in the hippocampus of Alzheimer's

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Hearing Loss May Predict Alzheimer's Disease

Hearing Loss May Predict Alzheimer's Disease | Dementia | Scoop.it
Hearing loss may predict Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.
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"Brain tissue loss seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss."

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Scientists make living brain cells from Alzheimer's patients biobanked brain tissue

Scientists make living brain cells from Alzheimer's patients biobanked brain tissue | Dementia | Scoop.it
Scientists at The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute, working in collaboration with scientists from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), for the first time generated induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells lines from...

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Wow!   "New stem cell lines will allow researchers to "turn back the clock" and observe how Alzheimer's develops in the brain."

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, January 23, 8:17 AM

The article goes on to say, "This important advance opens up critical new avenues of research to study cells affected by disease from patients with definitive diagnoses. This success will leverage existing biobanks to support research in a powerful new way."

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It’s Not Just About Losing Memory - Alz Live

It’s Not Just About Losing Memory - Alz Live | Dementia | Scoop.it
People misunderstand how Alzheimer's affects the lives of caregivers and those with memory problems. It's not just about losing memory.
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Dementia: No-one Ever Asked: Tommy Whitelaw - YouTube

Tommy Whitelaw shares a personal  and touching story of his experiences as a carer for his mother Joan Whitelaw.


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Pacific Cove's curator insight, March 30, 8:54 PM

A must see video by Tommy Whitelaw- A heartfelt, powerful and inspirational "Love Story" of his years caring for his mother "Joan Whitelaw" as she slowing slips into the deadly grip of Dementia. #Caregiver #Caregiving #Dementia #Alzheimers 

 Twitter:  @TommyNTour

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The Alzheimer’s enigma | Mosaic

The Alzheimer’s enigma | Mosaic | Dementia | Scoop.it
The cause of Alzheimer’s disease has troubled the science world’s best detectives. Michael Regnier asks: can such a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues?
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Fascinating. Long, but worth the read to follow historical developments in research and to challenge our approach to learning more.

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Northwestern MutualVoice: The Economic Ripple Effect Of Alzheimer's Disease

Northwestern MutualVoice: The Economic Ripple Effect Of Alzheimer's Disease | Dementia | Scoop.it
Because it is an aging disease, concern about Alzheimer’s is mostly (and rightly) focused on patients and their families. But Alzheimer’s can also have a significant impact on the worldwide business community. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the workforce is aging, too; and many Americans are delaying their retirements due to ongoing financial uncertainties. Serving as caregivers for ailing parents, relatives or even spouses adds to their financial and emotional burdens. For this reason, Alzheimer’s has become a growing national concern.
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Piramal Imaging Announces EU Approval of NeuraCeq™ (florbetaben 18F) PET Imaging Beta Amyloid Plaques

Piramal Imaging Announces EU Approval of NeuraCeq™ (florbetaben 18F) PET Imaging Beta Amyloid Plaques | Dementia | Scoop.it

Feb. 24, 2014  /PRNewswire/ -- Piramal Imaging announced today that NeuraCeq™ has received marketing authorization from the European Commission.

NeuraCeq™ is a radiopharmaceutical indicated for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging of beta-amyloid neuritic plaque density in the brains of adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other causes of cognitive impairment.

With this authorization, NeuraCeq™ will soon be available to provide valuable information that may give physicians more confidence in their clinical assessment and help them provide more personalized patient management as a negative scan may rule out AD as a cause of a patient's cognitive decline.

 

Data from the pivotal phase III autopsy study showed that PET imaging with NeuraCeq™ detects neuritic beta-amyloid in the brains of living subjects. The visual subject-level PET reading proposed for routine clinical practice compared to histopathology for the first 31 brains demonstrated 100 percent sensitivity and 86 percent specificity. In a post-hoc analysis in a larger population with 74 autopsied subjects, the sensitivity of the visual assessment was 98 percent and specificity was 89 percent.

NeuraCeq™ will be available in select European countries in the second and third quarters of 2014.

Piramal Imaging has partnered with IBA Molecular for manufacturing and distribution of NeuraCeq™ upon EU approval. IBA Molecular owns and operates a network of 49 PET isotope facilities worldwide, a network that is unique in both size and scope.


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Krishan Maggon 's curator insight, February 25, 1:16 AM

This is a  historical first for Indian industrial R&D as the first product initially discovered and developed in India to get approval in Europe.

No Indian discovered NME/NCE has been approved by the FDA.

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Researcher finds possible link between Alzheimer’s, food

Researcher finds possible link between Alzheimer’s, food | Dementia | Scoop.it
There are few explanations for the causes of Alzheimer’s disease, but even fewer suggest it is a result of everyday meals. A researcher from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School may have found a link between the memory-eating disease and a chemical in food.

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Pesticides... 

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5 Decisions to Make while Living Alone with Alzheimers

5 Decisions to Make while Living Alone with Alzheimers | Dementia | Scoop.it
Can you still live alone with signs of dementia?  5 Things to Know When early signs of dementia begin, you may still be living alone. Even after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's,  some often want to rema...

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Elder Care Decisions and Nursing Home Guilt

Elder Care Decisions and Nursing Home Guilt | Dementia | Scoop.it
Deciding how to best care for an aging loved one is a choice often fraught with emotion and stress. Taking care of an elder requires dedicated amounts of time, energy, and patience. If we have chil...

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, January 28, 7:05 PM

When a family caregiver makes the choice to move a loved one to a Nursing Home, they must cope with waves of guilt. Yet, that may be the best solution depending on their situation. 

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How Inactivity Changes the Brain

How Inactivity Changes the Brain | Dementia | Scoop.it
Being sedentary appears to alter the brain in ways that may affect heart health, a new study found.

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, January 22, 4:09 PM

Get moving!

Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, January 26, 9:43 AM

I've spoken of this many times. Not only the brain but inactivity escalates aging. Ever notice the older you get, the stiffer your movements. Regular Exercise postpones those aches and pains and extends life. I have COPD and believe me, if I didn't use the treadmill everyday, I'd be a ball of aches and pains.

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How Dementia Affects the Memory Systems of the Brain | Alzheimer's Reading Room

How Dementia Affects the Memory Systems of the Brain | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Dementia | Scoop.it
In a nutshell, persons living with Alzheimer's, or a related dementia, cannot remember to remember.

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Creating Dementia Friendly Communities: some thoughts

Creating Dementia Friendly Communities: some thoughts | Dementia | Scoop.it
I first heard of "dementia-friendly community" because of the work of Norman McNamara (more popularly known as Norm Mac, or just Norm). Norm was diagnosed with dementia some years ago and has, in a...

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Could Childhood Music Lessons Prevent Dementia In Old Age?

Could Childhood Music Lessons Prevent Dementia In Old Age? | Dementia | Scoop.it
Childhood music lessons could pay off in protecting the brain against dementia decades later, even in those who don't continue to play, researchers are learning.    In one study, children who played instruments performed better on memory tests...

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Woo Hoo!  All those piano lessons weren't a waste!

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Pacific Cove's curator insight, January 21, 1:20 AM

It's thought that learning music or a second language builds up reserve capacity in the brain to help hold dementia at bay.  
 
"If the disease occurs and you have good brain reserve capacity, you can tolerate the effect of the disease for longer so not showing the symptoms until later," Fornazzari said.